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More school places to be planned in Enfield

Published Monday, 19 October 2015

Plans to deliver greater capacity in the borough’s primary and secondary schools will be discussed by Enfield Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday night (21 October)

Senior politicians will hear that while the borough needs to provide an extra 330 primary and 300 secondary school places by September 2019, plans and funding is already in place – largely thanks to Enfield Council’s effective planning strategy – to cover the increase in pupil numbers.

The report also identifies the need to increase capacity in schools and establishments that provide education for children with acute special needs such as Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Cabinet Members will be asked to approve an updated pupil places strategy to ensure enough school places are available and give council officers and schools permission to carry out work to ensure the places are provided.

Since 2010 Enfield Council has created 4,410 permanent school places to meet the needs of its growing population.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection, said: “We are among the few London boroughs with demand for school places under control. 

“In March this year more than 96% of Enfield children, whose parents applied to secondary schools by the deadline, were offered a place at one of their preferred six secondary schools. And first preferences at 92% were up by 4.48% on the 88.42% figure for all London.

“When schools are expanded we ensure that they are well equipped to teach the full range of subjects with specialist classrooms, expert teachers and innovation in all fields.

“We work very closely with headteachers and school governing bodies to determine the best ways to expand schools so that they can offer courses of study in improved facilities and achieve success.”

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